Ghomeshi is true, and to reiterate I rather strongly suspect that it is, then his being fired from the CBC is, bluntly, the least worst thing that could happen to him at this point. Ghomeshi to try to frame his assaults in the context of BDSM, but also disingenuous and false.But, again, I don’t really think it was ever about that. I don’t envy the people who know him who are now learning about the allegations and who suspect that they are true. It’s been noted by other people better able to testify on the subject that one of the most radical things you can do when a woman speaks up about abuse and harassment is to believe her.
I don’t have any exclusive reporting on the subject — Toronto media personalities are not my specialty and there are plenty of Toronto journalists covering that — but I’ve been seeing so many misinformed comments on social media that I thought it would be useful to round up what is being said and make a few points to better educate those who are talking about this.
I’m not an expert in employment law, human sexuality or most other fields, so I’ll try to link to experts where possible.
Which initially seems like an incredible statement to someone like me, who is almost always believed by default when he chooses to speak up about something.
When news broke on Friday that Jian Ghomeshi, one of CBC’s biggest personalities, was taking a leave for unspecified “personal reasons”, it seemed suspicious.
We’ll have the versions of the parties involved, but unless there was a recording of the event, it comes down to a he-said-she-said, and we’re left to decide which side is more credible based on our personal opinions of them, our life experiences, statistics and generalizations, and our gut instincts.
Many will take an educated guess at what probably happened, but nobody will know for sure.He hit her again, and she stared in disbelief and shock.She remembers feeling that he then lost interest and left, hugging her on his way out of the building. that you’ve decided to turn this ugly is disappointing.“At the end of this trial, a reasonable doubt exists because it is impossible to determine, with any acceptable degree of certainty or comfort, what is true and what is false,” Judge Horkins said.The verdict in Ghomeshi’s trial, which attracted significant media attention, ignited a debate about the Canadian legal system’s perception of sexual assault victims.While details of his dismissal weren’t immediately clear, a Toronto Star article released Sunday night revealed that four women alleged that Ghomeshi was violent with them during or leading up to sex. The other women share a range of accusations, including nonconsensual choking, hitting, verbal abuse, and workplace sexual harassment.